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Local Soldier Remembered on Navy Ship

Posted at: 10/17/2012 9:58 PM
Updated at: 10/17/2012 10:16 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Their son gave the biggest sacrifice for our country seven years ago and now, he and the other 18 soldiers killed in that operation, will be honored forever on the Navy's newest ship.

"I'm extremely proud," said Debbie Goodnature.

"It's hard, it’s really hard," said Don Goodnature. It's still difficult for the parents of Corey Goodnature to talk about what a wonderful son and soldier he was. "He was a great guy," said Don Goodnature.

He was killed on a mission seven years ago. “Our son was on the helicopter that went to rescue these guys," said Don Goodnature. This was for Operation Red Wings, his chopper was called in to help that day.

"I know that day that they got the call there was no question, he was going to go after them," said Debbie Goodnature. She says he was always a dedicated person, true to his word and his country.

"That's kind of how he was, if he told a friend or someone that he was going to do it, he was going to do it," she said.

Now Corey and the other 18 soldiers killed on that mission are being remembered forever, on the Navy's latest destroyer. "We were invited by the Navy to attend the commission of the USS Michael Murphy,” said Don Goodnature.

It’s named after Lt. Murphy with Operation Red Wings, the first person to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in the War in Afghanistan. "Honoring Michael Murphy, you know it being named after him, but the whole operation and everyone involved," said Don Goodnature.

A plaque in Corey's honor is on the “Wall of Heroes” inside the ship. Roughly 4,000 people were at the ship's commission, and Corey's parents say it was unbelievable how many people knew of their son. "We still hear good things about him all the time from people we don't even know," said Don Goodnature.

Happy Corey’s name will live on with the others who've died for our country. It's so people don't forgot. That’s the last we want to do, is forget," he said.

Another very interesting fact about Corey, he flew with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The same group that flew on the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.